It is with great sadness that I must pass on the news to our readers that after a month long battle, Professor László Dobszay died last night.Professor Dobszay was a preeminent advocate of the sung propers of the Mass and has enabled an entire generation in Hungary to sing the Mass propers in the Hungarian language. His most recent work, the Graduale Parvum, has sought to offer the fruits of this work to the English-speaking world, and has been expected to be published this Fall. The new Blessed John Henry Newman Institute of Liturgical Music of the Oratory Birmingham has placed the Graduale Parvum at the center of its cirriculum which will serve ordinary parish musicians in the U.K.
Many of you will know Prof. László Dobszay from his two written works, The Bugnini Liturgy and the Reform of the Reform and more recently, The Restoration and Organic Development of the Roman Rite.
Prof. Dobszay was a Hungarian who was very active in the scholarly liturgical community, an active promoter of the liturgy generally, and particularly sacred music and the divine office.
László Dobszay was 77 years old and will be deeply missed.